3 4 7 William Blake 's poem " Holy Thursday " refers to Ascension Day; Thomas Pruen used the term to refer to Ascension Day in his Illustration of the Liturgy of the Church of England, published in 1820; 8 9 however use of the. Check date values in: accessdate ( help ) a b Thomas Ignatius. He first performed Wer da gläubet und getauft wird, BWV 37, on, Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein, BWV 128, on, Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 43, on the oratorio, Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV 11, on See also edit References edit "Feast of the. Through the blessing they were assured That You are the Son of God, The Redeemer of the world! The Paroemia ( Old Testament readings) at Vespers on the eve of the Feast are Isaiah 2:23 ; Isaiah 62:1063:3, 63:79 ; and Zechariah 14:14, 14:811. 11 In traditional Methodist usage, The Book of Worship for Church and Home (1965) provides the following Collect for Ascension Day, commonly called Holy Thursday: 12 Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens, that he might fill all. The oldest hymn in German related to the feast is the Leise " Christ fuhr gen Himmel first published in 1480. In Portugal on "Wheatstalk Thursday small bundles of poppies and wheatstalks are picked in the fields and placed at home until next year, for good fortune. The next day is appropriately a Saturday of the Dead (general commemoration of all faithful departed).